Basics of Picture Styles on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

Basics of Picture Styles on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

Using the Picture Styles on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D will give you an additional way to tweak image colors. But the setting you choose for these options also affects color saturation, contrast, and image sharpening.

Sharpening is a software process that adjusts contrast in a way that creates the illusion of slightly sharper focus. Emphasis on the word slightly: Sharpening cannot remedy poor focus, but instead produces a subtle improvement to this aspect of your pictures.

The camera offers the following Picture Styles:

  • Auto: The camera analyzes the scene and determines which Picture Style is the most appropriate. (This setting is the default.)

  • Standard: Produces the image characteristics that Canon considers as suitable for the majority of subjects.

  • Portrait: Reduces sharpening slightly to keep skin texture soft. Color saturation, on the other hand, is slightly increased.

  • Landscape: Emphasizes greens and blues and amps up color saturation and sharpness.

  • Neutral: Reduces saturation and contrast slightly compared to how the camera renders images at the Standard setting.

  • Faithful: Renders colors as closely as possible to how the human eye perceives them.

  • Monochrome: Produces black-and-white photos.

If you set the Quality option to Raw (or Raw+Large/Fine), the camera displays your image on the monitor in black and white during playback. But during the Raw converter process, you can either choose to go with your black-and-white version or view and save a full-color version. Or even better, you can process and save the image once as a grayscale photo and again as a color image.